Wellness Program Checkup
A Clean Bill of Health for 2011
After health care reform, wellness is expected to play an even more important role in efforts to control health plan costs. With employers finalizing wellness program details for 2011, now is the perfect time to reevaluate the compliance and design issues presented for employer programs. In this 90-minute web seminar, we’ll describe design alternatives and compliance considerations to help employers, service providers, and advisors create effective wellness programs.
Originally presented on November 8, 2010.
Here’s some of what was covered:
- What types of wellness programs are being provided and what types of incentives offered to encourage participation (reduced employee premiums, employer contributions to health FSAs or HRAs, cash, or other rewards)?
- What is the impact of the nondiscrimination rules under the ADA, GINA and HIPAA? When can health risk assessments be used, and what information can and cannot be collected?
- What types and amounts of rewards can be offered, and how will these be affected by health care reform for future years?
- What are the tax implications of wellness programs? What issues are raised for cafeteria plans, health FSAs, health savings accounts, and health reimbursement accounts?
- What types of wellness programs may be subject to additional compliance rules under ERISA or even COBRA?
Speakers: Melanie K. Curtice, Esq. and Tami M. Simon, Esq. Ms. Curtice is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle and a contributor to EBIA’s Consumer-Driven Health Care manual. Ms. Simon is an attorney and Principal with Mercer’s Washington Resource Group; she is a frequent speaker on health plan compliance topics.
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